If you suffer from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), you are not alone. This common condition affects thousands of men and women. A decade ago, surgeons began treated SUI with vaginal mesh (or “transvaginal mesh”). Unfortunately, vaginal mesh has been linked to severe, lifelong complications. There are hundreds of vaginal mesh lawsuits pending in federal court against several manufacturers, and our vaginal mesh attorneys continue to be contacted by injured women.
Do I Have a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one has been injured by vaginal mesh, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit.
What is Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)?
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is a common medical condition that occurs when weakened pelvic muscles allow the urethral sphincter to open accidentally. This causes urine to leak out, usually during exercise, physical exertion, coughing, sneezing, or laughing. Serious cases can be very debilitating.
SUI is one of the most common complications of multiple vaginal deliveries and aging in women. It can also occur if the urethra becomes damaged, or after a disease that causes prolonged coughing, or as a side effect of certain medications, or a complication after pelvic surgery.
SUI also often occurs with Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), which is a condition where abdominal organs protrude into the vagina or rectum.
Treatment for Stress Urinary Incontinence
Treatments for Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) have been evolving for more than 100 years, and there is no single treatment that works for everyone. There are four ways to treat SUI: behavioral changes, pelvic muscle exercises (Kegel exercises), medications, and surgery. Most people try to treat SUI with behavioral changes and exercises before moving on to medications or surgery, which come with more complications.
There are a few medical devices that are inserted into the vagina and can help treat SUI. One is a vaginal cone, and they come in various sizes and weights. By trying to keep the cone inside the vagina, the woman can often strengthen muscles in the pelvis and reduce incontinence. Another device is a pessary. This device has two prongs that support the bladder neck and the urethra, which can reduce pressure and may relieve incontinence.
If these less-invasive techniques are not effective at treating SUI, surgery may be the only treatment option. There are about 200 different surgical techniques that have been around for more than 100 years. Improvements in techniques reduce invasiveness, hospitalization, costs, and recovery time.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
In the late 1990s, surgeons began treating Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) using a device called vaginal mesh (or transvaginal mesh). This device is made of biological or synthetic mesh, and once it is implanted in the center of a woman’s pelvis, it is incorporated and absorbed into the body. It is supposed to treat SUI by acting like a hammock to support weakened pelvic muscles and relieve pressure on the bladder.
Many types of vaginal mesh were approved under the FDA’s 510(k) approval system, which allows manufacturers of “similar” devices to receive approval without conducting a randomized, well-controlled clinical study. Unfortunately, in many cases, vaginal mesh manufacturers based their application on a “similar” device (Boston Scientific’s ProteGen) that was recalled due to safety concerns.
Not surprisingly, several brands of vaginal mesh have been linked to severe side effects — erosion, perforation of internal organs, scarring, nerve damage, disfigurement of the vagina, chronic pain, and other injuries that decrease a woman’s quality of life.
Now, hundreds of women have joined a federal Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against at least five different manufacturers. These women continue to contact our offices seeking representation, compensation, and justice for their severe vaginal mesh injuries.
If you decide to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your pain, suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost income, decreased quality of life, loss of consortium for your husband, and more.
Do I have a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
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